Talk:Fire eating

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Image removals[edit]

Removed the "Other photographs" section as images were not of fire eating Jcrs 13:16, 27 February 2006 (UTC)

Image replacement[edit]

I noticed that the previous image of the fire eater was removed, I'm guessing because of copyright violation? I'm adding a new one, and would like to note that the current two pictures (the cast iron torches and the guy eating in front of a ferris wheel) are both original photography by me, and are licensed appropriately in the wikimedia commons. Enjoy! Phidauex 16:22, 3 October 2005 (UTC)


I have taken the extinguish "Put a Cigar/Cigarette out on tongue" as this is not a form of fire-eating it is merely pain endurance and does not follow any of the conventions of fire eating. (which involve putting the flame out without burning yourself by using physics and chemistry laws to to your advantage).

What about the quote on "tolerating pain"? I think that's misleading and a bit of an overstatement rather, as I've never burnt myself at all. 15:30, 7 February 2007 (UTC)

not cold fire?[edit]

But then does the hat set on fire with "spirit" alcohol (probably ethanol) not burn? Why don't the cotton balls burn? They too were soaked in spirit. No? Or does the act with cotton balls work with the cotton balls themselves burning? Is this the effect of a wick which on the most part, does not burn as long as there's liquid material feeding it?

And why can we light the same type of fire directly on our hands and skin without getting burnt? If it does burn hair, why does it burn the hair and not the hat?

I saw an experiment with exploding hydrogen-filled soap suds in the hand. The woman doing the experiment felt the heat and heard the boom, but her hand was seemingly not affected. Why? Is this a case of the explosion energy and heat directed upward, or the thin layer of soap and water on her hand somehow protecting them, or an accumulation of both (water with soap and energy direction)?

And why is alcohol usually chosen? Why not just plain old burning wood, or burning parafene candles, or gasoline?

The answers to these questions should also be incorporated in the article because they are usually part of the act. פשוט pashute ♫ (talk) 12:04, 1 February 2017 (UTC)

OK, so it turns out according to the Classic Chemistry Demonstrations book (Pub: Royal Society of Chemistry, on Google Books) that there IS some sort of a "cold fire" involved. It's the high percentage of water in the "spirit" that evaporates while the alcohol burns. The evaporation takes away much of the energy and cools the hands, cotton ball, hat and tongue. And NOT as listed in the article only depending on the fast fire-extinguishing! פשוט pashute ♫ (talk) 14:05, 1 February 2017 (UTC)